As the cost of healthcare continues to climb, it makes sense to take steps now to prevent the most common and expensive health conditions. Although each disease is different, two common themes related to prevention are exercising regularly and eating healthy meals.
Cardiovascular disease is a broad term that includes coronary heart disease, hypertension, stroke, and heart failure. Although heredity is always important, a person’s diet, body weight, tobacco use, and exercise habits are key factors in preventing serious cardiovascular conditions. The same factors are also important for preventing many forms of cancer. Limiting sun exposure and wearing sunscreen are essential strategies for preventing skin cancer.
Stress management activities such as meditation and yoga can play an important role in preventing and managing high blood pressure. Please see the infographic below for some statistics about the high cost of treating the most expensive health conditions, along with some tips for protecting yourself.